30+ Easy At Home Activities for 1 Year Olds - Happy Toddler Playtime (2022)

Ahead: These easy at home activities are ideal for a one year old. When your little babe in arms changes into a toddler make the transition easier with these ultra simple (and completely free!) activities you can do at home.

I remember the day clearly when my little babies went from napping most of the day to active mini toddlers (they weren’t quite toddlers yet but they weren’t babies anymore either). My good friend Susie at Busy Toddler coined a term that fits this fun and crazy phase perfectly – Taby (pronounced tay-by).

Suddenly you realize that you have to “entertain” this little human. But how on earth do you entertain a being with the attention span of fruit fly?!? The key to staying sane during this period is keeping them BUSY!!

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Entertaining your 1 Year Old

Congratulations you made it through the baby phase. Your reward? A toddler brimming with energy, a budding personality and new found abilities (like walking!!) But more importantly you will notice a massive leap in their cognitive abilities.

But despite all these new developments 1 year olds are still babies in the truest sense. They still put things in their mouths, they still nap 2-3 times a day and they still lots of love and comforting from you.

Below is a list of no-prep activities for 1 year olds. Very simple ideas to help break up your day. These are things to do when your mini-toddler is hanging on to you for dear life and you need a moment (because that all you get with a 1 year old).

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Check out this great list of some of the things I did with my twins when they were 1 year old.

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Everything on this list is easy to set up and uses stuff you already have at home! You can also do these activities with younger babies (10 -11 months) and even toddlers as well!

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30+ Easy Activities for 1 Year Olds

Laugh together for no reason. Yup. trust me this can be an instant mood changer. Just start giggling and don’t stop. Laughter is infectious. Just laughing for 5 minutes for no reason will make you and your 1 year old feel better!

Let them crawl around on your bed. Mommy and daddy’s bed is a special place. Let them roll around and jump on your bed. Snuggle up and read a story or sing a song while they jump. You can rest on your bed and they can get some energy out!

Fly around like an airplane. Pick them up and fly around like a plane. I call myself the mommy plane and randomly come in for a pick up and fly my twins around the room. Extend the play and pretend they are on a real play. Talk to them like they are passengers and you are pilot.

Look at pictures of family and friends. Grab some photo albums or pull out your phone and look at photos of them, their friends and family. Recall about favourite trip or parade and find photos to help remind them about that fun time.

Finger painting with water on cardboard.

Create a baby crawling obstacle course.

Eat snack out of a sensory bin or large container. Pour a bunch of cheerios or another dry snack into a larger than normal container or several different Tupperware containers and let them eat from it on the floor. Changing things up like this can go a long way to keeping them entertained so you can get a few things done.

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Play in the freezer or fridge. Open up the fridge and let them explore in there for bit. If you have a freezer that is on the floor open it up and let them feel the cold air . Open the drawers and talk about what’s inside. (Adult supervision is required for this activity).

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Draw on a mirror. Bring out a hand mirror and start to make funny faces in the mirror. Make sad and happy faces and identify them as you do. See if you 1 year old can copy you. If you have washable liquid markers or dry erase markers let the draw on their face in the mirror.

Turn your laundry basket into a spider web basket.

Play with a ball and more. Pass a ball back and forth on the floor. Set up paper towels and try to knock the rolls down with the ball. Use a large ball for this activity.

Cornstarch and water sensory play.

Play with blocks. Gather a few different types of blocks and see which ones your 1 year old gravitates toward. Starting building a tower with them. Count the blocks. Place an animal on top of your towers and let them knock them down.

Create a kids car wash tunnel.

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Read their favourite story. But read the book in different accents or funny voices.

Take mattress off their crib and use it as a tumbling mat. For added protection, arrange pillows all around and set safety ground rules.

Learn a new a song or sing a favourite. Here are some of our favourites:

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  • Farmer Brown had a dog
  • Wheels on the bus
  • The Grand Old Duke of York
  • Sitting in my highchair

Play a musical instrument (and sing a song!).

Cuddle on the kitchen floor or somewhere you don’t normally get down on the floor with them.

Play with water. Fill a Tupperware with a little water and let them play.

Play peek-a-boo with stuffed animals

Read a book lying down on the floor.

Play with a finger puppet, or regular puppet or stuffed animal. Create your own by drawing a face on an old white sock. Create a sock puppet for your child too.

Do a puzzle but cover the spots with post-its.

Stack a non-toy like paper towel rolls of toilet paper rolls.

Play or paint with safe kitchen utensils. Fill a large mixing bowl with water and hand them a few safe kitchen utensils like a spoon or spatula. Place a towel under the bowl and let them play.

Play with hats of different sizes. Pull out your winter clothing box and try on different winter hats.

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Climb stairs. Practice climbing the stairs and counting the steps. Count the steps.

Go for a laundry basket ride. Put them inside the laundry basket and pull them along for a ride.

Throw balls down the stairs. Throw soft ball pit balls down the stairs. Place the ball pit at the bottom to catch the balls.

Cover a bowl with tin foil and use it as a drum until it breaks.

Paint with water and cotton balls. (Adult supervision is required).

Play dress up with funny head bands like bunny ears or sunglasses.

Stick Post-its on door or wall and show them how to pull them off.

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Go for a ride on a blanket. Sit them up or lay them down on a blanket and drag the blanket slowly along the ground giving them a fun ride.

Play with spice containers. Seal them first with tape and place them in a basket or bowl for them to explore.

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Place yarn into a sensory bin and let them play with it. Place balls of yarn inside a sensory bin or a large storage container and let them place with the yarn.

Look out the window. You probably already do this one. Well extend the activity by talking more about what they see. Count the trees, squirrels or dogs. Talk about the colours they see. Try and find a circle, square. You will be doing most of the talking but give them a chance to babble their response. Looking out the window can be a fun way to reconnect to your 1 year old.

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FAQs

How do I keep my 1 year old entertained at home? ›

Creative play
  1. Make music. Children love music — and for good reason. ...
  2. Play house. ...
  3. Go 'fishing' ...
  4. Make a DIY ball pit. ...
  5. Build a fort. ...
  6. Play with puppets. ...
  7. Create a tunnel maze.
23 Sept 2020

What activities can I do with my 1 year old? ›

Blocks or graspable objects support fine motor skills. Baby-safe mirrors and books for tummy time encourage gross motor skills. Musical or stackable instruments help kids with cognitive development. Board books, songs, and rhymes help cultivate language skills.

What are some fun games to play with a 1 year old? ›

Here are 5 fun ideas for games and toys you can play with your 1-year-old.
  • Stacking Blocks. There's just something about stacking blocks, or really anything that will stack, that entertains baby boy. ...
  • Puzzles. ...
  • Where's the Baby? ...
  • Lift-the-Flap Books. ...
  • Dancing.

Can a 1 year old get bored? ›

Your baby will give you little clues that they're bored, such as yawning, looking away, squirming and crying. If you think your baby's bored, show them you're listening by giving them something different to do. Move them to another area of the room, pick up a different toy or just give them a little quiet time.

What do you do with a 12 month old all day? ›

Here is my list easy things to do with your 12 month old!
  • Play with a Ball. Whether its playing with a rubber ball or a toy that has balls or a ball pit, ball play is a fun and engaging activity all babies will love. ...
  • Play with Blocks. ...
  • Count. ...
  • Read. ...
  • Sing a Song. ...
  • Cuddle. ...
  • Sensory Play. ...
  • Play Peekaboo.
5 Feb 2019

How do I keep my 1 year old busy while working from home? ›

8 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy While Working From Home
  1. Toys and Imaginative Play. ...
  2. Books, E-Books and Audio Books. ...
  3. Arts and Crafts Projects. ...
  4. Play Office. ...
  5. Educational Apps and Websites. ...
  6. Exercise Videos. ...
  7. Play With Pets. ...
  8. Write Letters.
10 Aug 2020

How can I stimulate my 1 year old brain? ›

Talk to your baby often, hold your baby, and make eye contact. Read with your baby, recite nursery rhymes, or sing songs. Repeating the same song, rhyme or story isn't boring for babies – repetition is one of the ways they learn. Make faces with your baby.

How do I keep my 12-month-old entertained? ›

Activities to do with your 12 months or 1-year-old
  1. Things to do with your 12-month-old Baby.
  2. Create a sensory play activity.
  3. Ideas for Taste Safe Sensory Play with Babies and Young Toddlers.
  4. Create a simple craft.
  5. Have your baby play with musical instruments.
  6. Teach them to put their toys away.
  7. Pretend play activities.
1 May 2019

How much do you play with your 1 year old? ›

Toddlers should have opportunities to play every day, the AAP says. Many experts recommend giving toddlers at least an hour per day of free, unstructured (but still supervised) play where children can explore what interests them, along with at least 30 minutes of active, adult-led, structured play.

How do I keep my toddler entertained indoors? ›

Not to worry though, because here you will find some great indoor activities for toddlers to keep them busy and entertained without having to leave the house.
  1. Make a Fort.
  2. Toy Car Wash.
  3. Cereal Jewellery.
  4. Indoor Tennis.
  5. Shaving Cream Art.
  6. Sticky Art.
  7. Glow in the Dark Bath.
  8. Bake a Treat Together.
11 Jun 2022

What can bored toddlers do at home? ›

10 Activities to Do at Home with a Toddler
  • Create a DIY sensory bin: Toddlers love to explore via their senses. ...
  • Host a tea party. Turn lunchtime into a royal event. ...
  • Make an Indoor obstacle course. ...
  • Throw a dance party. ...
  • Get some exercise. ...
  • Cook a meal. ...
  • Build a fort. ...
  • Have some snow day fun:

Do babies get lonely? ›

Although a very young baby can't hold toys or take part in games, even the newest of newborns will get bored and lonely if his caregivers don't interact with him during most of his wakeful periods.

Is it OK to leave baby to play alone? ›

Rest assured, it's perfectly okay to let your child play alone, even at a young age, as long as you're nearby and he's safe. So if your little one is looking at a book in his crib or sitting on the floor stacking cups (within ear- and eyeshot, of course), leave him be.

What happens if you don't play with your toddler? ›

Our children risk lacking in emotional understanding and empathy. They may not be as resilient as they need to be. They may replace your influence in their lives with the influence of others. Playing with our children also creates a sense of safety and comfort that they will miss.

How many words is a 1 year old supposed to say? ›

Most children speak their first word between 10 to 14 months of age. By the time your baby is a year old, he or she is probably saying between one to three words. They will be simple, and not complete words, but you will know what they mean. They may say “ma-ma,” or “da-da,” or try a name for a sibling, pet, or toy.

What are some sensory activities for toddlers? ›

Sensory play ideas and activities
  • Create a sensory bin. It's simple for children to enjoy sensory play when you create a sensory bin for them to explore. ...
  • Playing with food. ...
  • Sound tubes. ...
  • Play dough. ...
  • Balance beam. ...
  • Calming bottles. ...
  • Sandbox. ...
  • Swing, swing, swing.
15 Jun 2020

How do I keep my 1 year old busy while working from home? ›

8 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy While Working From Home
  1. Toys and Imaginative Play. ...
  2. Books, E-Books and Audio Books. ...
  3. Arts and Crafts Projects. ...
  4. Play Office. ...
  5. Educational Apps and Websites. ...
  6. Exercise Videos. ...
  7. Play With Pets. ...
  8. Write Letters.
10 Aug 2020

How do I keep my 12 month old entertained? ›

Activities to do with your 12 months or 1-year-old
  1. Things to do with your 12-month-old Baby.
  2. Create a sensory play activity.
  3. Ideas for Taste Safe Sensory Play with Babies and Young Toddlers.
  4. Create a simple craft.
  5. Have your baby play with musical instruments.
  6. Teach them to put their toys away.
  7. Pretend play activities.
1 May 2019

How do I keep my toddler busy without a TV? ›

22 Ways to Keep a Preschooler Busy Other Than Watching TV
  1. Create a game box. ...
  2. Have them make their own cartoon. ...
  3. Let them help you. ...
  4. Give them an important mission. ...
  5. Generate an idea box. ...
  6. Design a treasure hunt. ...
  7. Send them to a friend's house. ...
  8. Build a fort.
17 Aug 2022

What jobs can I do with a baby? ›

  • School Bus Driver. Out of all the jobs where you can bring your baby, school bus driver may be the most flexible in terms of hours and, if you have school age kids, the chance to be off during the school vacations. ...
  • Gym or Athletic Club. ...
  • In Home Daycare. ...
  • Companies that welcome children.

How do I keep my child entertained for hours? ›

Long-lasting activities for kids at home can keep them busy and entertained for hours at a time.
...
Elementary Activities
  1. Bike Wash Sprinkler. ...
  2. Pom-Pom Races. ...
  3. Obstacle Course. ...
  4. Make and Fly Kites.
4 Jul 2022

How can I keep my toddler busy indoors? ›

Ways to Keep Young Kids Busy When You Can Barely Keep Up
  1. Play 'Don't wake the dragon' ...
  2. Send them on a mini scavenger hunt. ...
  3. Use sensory bins. ...
  4. Build a bored box. ...
  5. Play a silly guessing game. ...
  6. Use painter's tape. ...
  7. Take to the tub. ...
  8. Create a washing station.
23 Sept 2020

What are some sensory activities for toddlers? ›

Sensory play ideas and activities
  • Create a sensory bin. It's simple for children to enjoy sensory play when you create a sensory bin for them to explore. ...
  • Playing with food. ...
  • Sound tubes. ...
  • Play dough. ...
  • Balance beam. ...
  • Calming bottles. ...
  • Sandbox. ...
  • Swing, swing, swing.
15 Jun 2020

What are red flags in child development? ›

Can't support head (by 3 months) Doesn't babble or try to imitate sounds (by 4 months) Doesn't bring objects to mouth (by 4 months) Doesn't push down with legs when feet are on firm surface (by 4 months)

How many words should a 1 year old say? ›

By the time your baby is a year old, he or she is probably saying between one to three words. They will be simple, and not complete words, but you will know what they mean. They may say “ma-ma,” or “da-da,” or try a name for a sibling, pet, or toy.

What happens if toddler watches TV all day? ›

Too much screen time for toddlers may lead to unhealthy behaviors growing up, study says. Toddlers and young children who spend more than three hours a day viewing a screen, either watching TV or playing on a tablet, are more likely to be sedentary by the time they reach kindergarten-age, a new study found.

Is it OK to let toddler watch TV? ›

Toddlers 18 months to 24 months old can start to enjoy some screen time with a parent or caregiver. Children this age can learn when an adult is there to reinforce lessons. By ages 2 and 3, it's OK for kids to watch up to 1 hour a day of high-quality educational programming.

What happens when a child watches too much TV? ›

Studies show that kids who watch too much TV are more likely to be overweight — and, depending on the content of what they see, more aggressive. Too media use is also linked to poor grades, sleep problems, and behavior problems.

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